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Word 2010 and Outlook 2010 automatic word and paragraph selections driving you nuts?

Tired of being second guessed when selecting text with your mouse in Outlook or Word? 

Here is the situation: You innocently start selecting the tail end of a word and suddenly and automatically the editor selects the whole thing!!!  This drives me nuts.  Maybe it was a long word, and I only wanted the last part.  Similarly, you start selecting a paragraph and Word selects the whole [insert strong expletive] thing.  Is this annoying you? Take a deep cleansing breath and relax — here is how you permanently disable this nasty, nasty behavior and get back into the driver’s seat.

Outlook 2010

File->Options ->Mail ->Compose Messages section-> Editor Options…->Advanced

 

Word 2010

File->Options->Advanced->Editing Options – will show the same dialog, although the settings for Outlook (which uses Word for editing) are kept separate – you need to make the change in both Outlook and Word if you want consistent behavior.

 

Tips:

Smart cursoring is tells the editor to keep the insertion point in the same relative place as you scroll using the scrollbar – a useful feature IMHO.

Triple clicking a paragraph selects the entire paragraph – again a useful feature

 

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